Features

Stephen Hague on bringing Big Blue Ball to the finishing line

The New Order producer faced the mammoth task of sifting through years of recording sessions.

10 Years of Big Blue Ball: the sound of the world playing together

On its 10th anniversary, we look back on the global music collaboration project which came from 18 y...

Totó la Momposina in Paris: a Colombian refugee becomes a star

How the Colombian musical icon’s career blossomed in the 70s and 80s in France

Track of the Day: ‘Kothbiro’ by Ayub Ogada

One of the most popular songs in our catalogue, this song has been sampled by US rapper Kanye West.

And The Beat Goes On: A profile of Remmy Ongala

Remmy Ongala is Tanzania's most famous musician and originator of the bongo beat.

8 things you have to try at this year’s WOMAD Festival

From gong baths to a social network of hammocks, find out about the things you can't leave WOMAD wit...

The Real World Recording Week

Music journalist Johnny Black chronicles the famous Real World Recording Week 1991.

10 Years of Society of Sound

It’s some legacy: Ten years’ worth of outstanding music. Sounds good, right? Actually, it sounds...

‘World Music’ or A World of Musics? An African Perspective

Youssou N'Dour looks at the complex relationship between western music and music of African origin.

Live: Les Amazones d’Afrique at Brighton Festival

Les Amazones d'Afrique deliver a rousing, energetic set in the Dome as part of Brighton Festival.

10 Songs of protest from around the world

10 inspirational tracks with bold socio-political statements that feature on our playlist, Protest!

Remembering Haroon Shamsher

In June 2017, Haroon Shamsher was honoured with a BBC Music Day Blue Plaque in recognition of his co...

The Seven Steps to Mercy: Track by Track

Iarla Ó Lionáird takes us through the tracks on his debut solo album, released in 1997.

Meet Rokia Koné: the Rose of Bamako

The latest single by Les Amazones d'afrique features the outstanding Malian singer Rokia Koné, whose powerful, distinctive voice will stop you in your tracks.